Idaho Receives Honorable Mention from the League of American Bicyclists | Environment
The latest results from the League of American Bicyclists are out. Your neighbor, the state of Washington, leads the nation for Bicycle Friendly America, an annual award. Idaho, however, is a roller coaster of emotions.
When the organization began the awards in 2008, Idaho started out at near the bottom [.PDF], ranking 37th in the nation. In 2009, they began to inch their way up to 34th. Last year, they saw their biggest improvement, leaping to 26th.
Idaho, what happened? This year you're back down to 30th. The state earned an F in infrastructure and enforcement. Legislation earned a D. Higher marks were received in the evaluation and planning category with a C. Good news! Idaho earned an A for education and encouragement. This has deserved an honorable mention, in the organization's results.
Meanwhile, Coeur d'Alene earned a bronze medal for Idaho's Bicycle Friendly Community. The city's high point was in engineering. They will not be alone in lamenting their dismal results. Coeur d'Alene's, neighbor, Spokane, got the same grade.
What bicycle improvements would you like to see in your area?